The American Senator ~ BIG READ

From 6th September to 15th November 2021 we will be reading The American Senator together on Zoom.

Join Trollope enthusiasts from across the world every two weeks to discuss The American Senator as we read it together.

The Hon Elias Gotobed, Senator of the United States from the State of Mikewa, has made the acquaintance in Washington of John Morton, one of the heroes of the novel, a rising young diplomatist. On his return to England the Senator accompanies him to study English institutions, and digest his information into a lecture, to be delivered first in London and ultimately in America. … the senator’s part is the most elaborately written, and, fair or unfair in its satire, the pleasantest to read.

Unsigned notice, Nation (New York) 23 August 1877

Professor Linda McClain will be introducing Chapters 53-66 on Monday 1st November.

Linda McClain is the Robert Kent Professor of Law at Boston University. She writes and teaches in the areas of family law and gender and law and is the author of several books, most recently Who’s the Bigot? Learning from Conflicts over Marriage and Civil Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 2020). Her first introduction to Trollope was The Warden. She recently published an article about “the woman question” in the Palliser novels and is hoping to begin a book-length project on Trollope’s novels.

Zoom meetings

  • Monday 1st November, 2021 at 8:00pm GMT – Chapters 53-66
  • Monday 15th November, 2021 at 8:00pm GMT – Chapters 67-80

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Map of Dillsborough

Reproduced from A Guide to Trollope by Winifred Gregory Geroud and James Thayer Gerould with drawings by Florence W Ewing.

Map of Dillsborough
© 1948 Princeton University Press, 1976 renewed PUP. Reprinted by permissions of Princeton University Press.

Map of Dillsborough

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